Inhabitants of Hathi Khan area near Central Jail in Shaher-e-Khaas today donated 80 points of blood for the injured in forces action during ongoing unrest in Kashmir.
The locals donated the blood during a camp held by SKIMS Soura in the area. Residents of Muma Khan, Ashraf Khan, Shah Abad, Beeroni Kathi Darwaza, Rainawari areas also participated in the camp.
"The blood donation camp was held in the area on the request of local youth," said Abid Khan, a local.
Locals said that a large number of local youth had approached SKIMS Soura authorities and registered their names for blood donation.
"Subsequently, we requested them to hold a blood donation camp in our locality so that maximum number of people can participate in it," said Sheikh Riyaz, a local youth.
"There were more volunteers at the camp to donate blood, however due to less capacity of blood bank to keep blood safe, the camp was concluded. The left out donors were asked to wait for call from the SKIMS as and when blood would be required," said Latief Ahmad, a local.
"In the initial days of the ongoing unrest, we went to SKIMS to donate blood for injured persons. However, at that time the SKIMS officials informed us that sufficient blood was available in blood bank. We had registered our names for blood donation," said Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan, a local youth.
"Later, we spread the information in other nearby localities about holding of this camp and large number of volunteers came forward. We made this effort to ensure blood remains available to persons injured in forces action during ongoing unrest," they said.
During the camp, 80 points of blood were donated by the locals. However, many youth were disappointed as they could not donate blood and were asked to wait for next time.
"The medicos promised them that if there will be more need of blood, they will organize another camp in the area," the locals said.
Pertinently, around 5000 persons have been injured in forces action in past 32 days in various areas of Kashmir. They are being treated in different hospitals while various voluntary organizations have set up free food and medical camps for them.